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About Us

The District 39 Educational Foundation has been incorporated as a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization since 1993. We are an independent volunteer group that raises and grants funds for projects that expand, enrich, and complement educational opportunities for the students, staff, and community in District 39. We provide programs and materials through our Gripp Grants that our community is not able to fund with tax dollars alone. The Foundation’s Board of Trustees includes parents, teachers, business owners, and other members of the District 39 community.

The Foundation’s Mission

  • Promote educational innovation and excellence
  • Encourage community involvement and support for education
  • Challenge educators to raise their aspirations for educational programs
  • Increase students’ global awareness and understanding of human diversity
  • Expand opportunities for students to fulfill their varied interests and talents

Foundation Trustees for 2017-2018


Liesel Brown – Chair
Linda McKenzie – Vice-Chair
Melissa Murray – Treasurer
Tiffany Laczkowski – Secretary

Committee Chairpersons

Rebecca Lieber & Linda McKenzie – Fundraising Co-Chairs
Margie Karabas – Board Development Chair
Hana Rivkin & Sarah Sloane – Math and Science Co-Chairs
Anne Kelly – Marketing Chair
Heidi Mayer – Fine Arts Chair
Tracy Peacock – Gripp Grant Chair

School Liaisons

Arielle Heneghan – Harper Liaison
Amanda Doblin – McKenzie Liaison & Foundation PR
Lucy Burne – WJHS Liaison
Susan Pekar – Highcrest Liaison
Sara McSpedon – Romona Liaison & Foundation Asst. Treasurer
Tiffany Laczkowski – Central Liaison

Julie Adrianopoli – Asst. Fine Arts Chair
Kristen Bowie
Mike Cabonargi
Brooke Conkey
Kerry Hasbrook
Sandy Karwowski – Romona Teacher
Ray Lechner – Superintendent
Genny Lenon
Debbie Lincoln
Elizabeth McKenna
Natasha Miller
Kristie O’Neill – Gripp Grant Asst. Chair
Kim Peters
Mhairi Phillips-Miller
Sarah Titterton – Math & Science Asst. Chair
Jen Truszkowski
Alexandra Vastardis – HMS Teacher
Katie Woodman

Honored Lifetime Member

Sam Mikaelian